• The Incomplete Book of Running

  • By: Peter Sagal
  • Narrated by: Peter Sagal
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,075 ratings)
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Interview: Audio veteran Peter Sagal shares why his passion for running goes far beyond the physical.

Everything in my life changed and running was sort of this constant. It was something I could keep doing. Something I literally escaped to.
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  • Everything in my life changed and running was sort of this constant. It was something I could keep doing. Something I literally escaped to.

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Peter Sagal, the host of NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and a popular columnist for Runner’s World, shares lessons, stories, advice, and warnings gleaned from running the equivalent of once around the Earth.

At the verge of turning 40, Peter Sagal - brainiac Harvard grad, short, bald Jew with a disposition toward heft, and a sedentary star of public radio - started running seriously. And much to his own surprise, he kept going, faster and further, running 14 marathons and logging tens of thousands of miles on roads, sidewalks, paths, and trails all over the US and the world, including the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he crossed the finish line moments before the bombings.

In this new audiobook, Sagal reflects on the trails, tracks, and routes he’s traveled, from the humorous absurdity of running charity races in his underwear - in St. Louis, in February - or attempting to “quiet his colon” on runs around his neighborhood - to the experience of running as a guide to visually impaired runners and the triumphant post-bombing running of the Boston Marathon in 2014. With humor and humanity, Sagal also writes about the emotional experience of running, body image, the similarities between endurance sports and sadomasochism, the legacy of running as passed down from parent to child, and the odd but extraordinary bonds created between strangers and friends. The result is a funny, wise, and powerful meditation about running and life that will appeal to listeners everywhere. 

©2018 Peter Sagal (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Absolutely excellent.

I am not a runner, I am not athletic and I had honestly somehow never heard of Peter Sagal. How I stumbled across this book doesn't even really make sense. Fate perhaps.

This was the best audio book I have heard to date. Sagal takes us through his childhood, his relationships and his experience with the Boston marathon bombings; all through the lens of his time spent running.

It's a beautiful read that will make you laugh, then cry, and then laugh some more.

I can not recommend this enough.

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Loved it.

This book taught me a thing or two about life and running, and it was funny. I didnt know what to expect before I started the book, but I really enjoyed it.

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Fabulous

One of the best things you can listen to on Audible. If you are a runner, the book is doubly fabulous. Highly recommended!

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First running book I actually enjoyed!

Great stories from a non elite athlete. Any runner will relate and non runners will be inspired. And it’s read by Peter Sagal.

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Brian

Runner or not this is a great book and best as audio as Peter Sagal has a bit of experience behind the microphone. It puts running into perspective from the joys to stomach trouble. I was hooked within the first story of Boston and breezes through the remainder. I was saddened that it had to end, just like a runner might feel when the training is over and the race has ended. I wait for the next book Peter!

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Don't Dis the Treadmill, Peter 🖖

I greatly enjoyed this audiobook, lumbering on my manual treadmill as a -35° gale whistled outside. Sooo, Mr. Sagal, those of us who live in latitudes above moderate climes reserve the right not to freeze our asses off. That said, this has become one of my favourite books. 😁

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Eh

Sure there’s some stuff about running in this book but it seems to be more of a book about the author, who happens to like to run. Ramblings of a runner, if you will. Perhaps, it’s my fault for not knowing who the author was before I bought the book, but beware of the political leanings and disdain for certain religious beliefs. Overall, it was a fine story, more of an insight into the authors psyche at a certain point in his life than a book about running.

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Generally a good story with a few marathons

Book was a nice listen/read. You can tell Peter is a wonderful writer.

Near the middle, the book feels a little inconsiderate in its voice. For example, he a comment about being stupid if one believes in intelligent design, which seemed thrown in there as a general aside and unrelated to the general story.

Overall an interesting story and worth the listen.

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Full of unresolved traumas

Worst book. This guy is full of unresolved mid aged white first world traumas and the way to cope with them seems to be running away from them. Divorce, lack of son and daughter attention, post-traumatic syndrome related to Boston attacks...

He even wants to tell some jokes with no fun at all, and maybe offending almost every community.

Besides, what’s with all the Constitution bullshit man, I don’t know...

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Meh

The author is very full of himself. He believes his way of running is the only way, which is off-putting and narcissistic. Save your money and run as you wish.

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